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Tag: 1971

August 8, 2017

A Con and A Cabriolet

by Matthew Steeples

One-off 1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI cabriolet to be auctioned; originally commissioned by a British playboy turned jailbird with connections to Princess Margaret but only actually completed in 1993   A 1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI all-weather cabriolet with bodywork by the renowned Italian automotive stylist Frua is to be auctioned this month.   Offered with an … Continue reading “A Con and A Cabriolet”

July 16, 2017

Five of the Best – ‘Star Cars’ at Silverstone

by Matthew Steeples

A selection of five cars owned and previously owned by ‘personalities’ to be auctioned at the Silverstone Classic Sale in July   On the 29th and 30th July, Silverstone Auctions will sell both classic and contemporary cars at their Silverstone Classic Sale in Northamptonshire. Amongst them are five cars owned or previously owned by the … Continue reading “Five of the Best – ‘Star Cars’ at Silverstone”

June 28, 2017

Marples Must Go

by Matthew Steeples

1964 Mini Cooper S hatchback designed to carry the golf clubs of the much-loathed Postmaster General, Minister of Transport and alleged tax fraudster Ernest Marples for sale   Twice married and born in Levenshulme, Manchester, Ernest Marples – later Lord Marples – makes the very worst of modern politicians look like relative babes in arms. … Continue reading “Marples Must Go”

May 27, 2017

Wealthy in Wiltshire

by Matthew Steeples

Classically proportioned Wiltshire village house for sale; it’ll supposedly appeal to “your typical wealthy Briton” (whatever that might mean)   Primarily built between 1620 and 1760, a classically proportioned four-storey house in the Wiltshire village of Seend has been placed on the market this week for £4.5 million ($5.8 million, €5.2 million or درهم21.2 million). … Continue reading “Wealthy in Wiltshire”

May 9, 2017

Tito’s Toy

by Matthew Steeples

Ex-President Josip Broz Tito 1964 Fiat 500 Jolly by Ghia to be sold at auction in London   Josip Broz Tito liked cars. It appears he didn’t care if they were little or large and someone without the means to purchase his £2.5 million ($3.1 million, €2.9 million or درهم11.4 million) 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman … Continue reading “Tito’s Toy”

April 6, 2017

Billionaire Battersea

by Matthew Steeples

Historic Battersea mansion for sale for the same sum it was marketed for in 2011; it has been mostly empty throughout the intervening period and was renovated by the late billionaire Malcolm Forbes   Billionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes was a man who liked to live large. He had a huge yacht named The Highlander, threw … Continue reading “Billionaire Battersea”

August 1, 2016

A gutter paedo

by Matthew Steeples

Jailed paedophile Rolf Harris pens a disgusting song titled ‘Gutter Girls’   According to The Sun, jailed paedophile Rolf Harris hasn’t learnt his lesson and has written yet another song mocking his victims.   Titled Gutter Girls, the repugnant, disgraced entertainer is said to see it “as a ‘classic’ Rolf song, with a didgeridoo and … Continue reading “A gutter paedo”

March 26, 2016

A boat named Daniel

by Matthew Steeples

Oxford name their boat ‘Daniel’ in honour of the late, great Daniel Topolski

September 14, 2015

Chitty Chitty Crash Crash

by Matthew Steeples

As a number of ‘star cars’ fail to sell at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival sale, Matthew Steeples suggests that bidders are now more cautious and prices have peaked

September 7, 2015

Bonded to a Rolls

by Matthew Steeples

1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I drophead coupé owned by Bond set designer Sir Ken Adam to be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s Battersea sale tonight

July 26, 2015

Pioneering pizza

by Matthew Steeples

Pioneer of pizza in Britain places £1.15 million Lancashire home on the market

June 19, 2015

Emily Mortimer

by General

Oxford educated actor, writer and co-creator of the comedy series Doll & Em Emily Mortimer is the daughter of the Rumpole of the Bailey creator Sir John Mortimer

May 31, 2015

Radovan Vitek

by General

A self-made Czech real estate billionaire, Radovan Vitek was listed as having a worth of £1.1 billion by Forbes in 2015.

May 22, 2015

Topsy Taylor (born Lesley Taylor)

by General

This big-haired New York and Newport based socialite and aviation enthusiast co-founded Helicopter Flight Services in 1985.

May 10, 2015

Wyman’s Majesty

by Matthew Steeples

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman sends his 1971 Citroën Maserati SM to auction with a guide price of just £35,000 to £40,000

August 24, 2014

Range One

by Matthew Steeples

Range Rover Chassis #001 to be auctioned at The Salon Privé sale by Silverstone Auctions on 4th September   Today, Range Rovers are the favourite vehicles of everyone ranging from the Queen to Kim Kardashian but the first Range Rover produced was a far more simple vehicle. It is to be auctioned at The Salon … Continue reading “Range One”

September 2, 2013

Meyer and Mayer

by Matthew Steeples

Record price set for a mansion in San Francisco by Yahoo! chief   San Francisco’s Pacific Heights is best known for  its extremely expensive properties and as home to the likes of novelist Danielle Steele, SKYY vodka tycoon Maurice Kanbar and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison. With the sale of 2950 Broadway for the record breaking price … Continue reading “Meyer and Mayer”

July 17, 2013

Margaret’s mistake

by Matthew Steeples

As it is revealed that the late Baroness Thatcher attempted to get Jimmy Savile knighted four times, we call for a wholescale review of the British honours system   Today, The Independent revealed that it took the late Margaret Thatcher four attempts to get the late Jimmy Savile knighted.

May 30, 2013

Chanel – A brief history

by Katusha Fletcher

Katusha Fletcher takes a brief look at the history of the iconic brand Chanel   For a certain type of woman there is one label coveted above all others, Chanel. Founded by Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel, daughter of an unwed laundress and street peddler, in early 20th century Paris, the House of Chanel epitomises effortless, … Continue reading “Chanel – A brief history”

May 18, 2013

Michelle Mone OBE

by Matthew Steeples

When her husband left her, she could of ‘moaned’ but instead she got on with it and paid her now ex-husband some £24 million for his share of her lingerie business. Glasgow born, Mone “”grew up a Scottish, Labour voting Protestant and is now a Conservative voting Catholic” but it is for her patented Ultimo … Continue reading “Michelle Mone OBE”

May 4, 2013

Libby Purves OBE

by Matthew Steeples

This British radio presenter, journalist and author is a much respected and reassuring voice of reason. Whilst at Oxford she was the librarian of the Oxford Union and then wrote a travel book, One Summer’s Grace, based on a 1,700 mile sailing journey she made around Britain with children aged three and five in 2002. … Continue reading “Libby Purves OBE”

April 15, 2013

An unbearable pint

by Matthew Steeples

The average cost of a pint of real ale passes £3   The late Margaret Thatcher had two connections with milk. First the “Milk Snatcher” was credited with being responsible for stopping free milk for school children in 1971 and then in a letter to her agriculture minister, Peter Walker, in 1979, she stated:   … Continue reading “An unbearable pint”

March 30, 2013

Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks thrice Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Sir Winston Churchill and all he stood for and to win an Oscar for the best “song” as a songwriter.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, … Continue reading “Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 8, 2013

Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)

by Matthew Steeples

Their story is a modern day equivalent of that of Romeo and Juliet and Vanity Fair chronicled their deaths as The Golden Suicides. “Handsome” Blake, a digital artist and painter who worked with Malcolm McLaren and Fox Searchlight, and “sexy” Duncan, a writer, game designer and filmmaker best known for the “girl-centric” game Chop Suey, … Continue reading “Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)”

March 3, 2013

Derek Bell MBE

by Matthew Steeples

A five times winner at Le Mans, this British racing icon also won the Daytona 24 three times and the World Sportscar Championship twice. Described as “one of the most liked drivers of his generation”, Bell suffered minor burns whilst working with Steve McQueen on the 1971 film Le Mans and is now a global … Continue reading “Derek Bell MBE”

February 28, 2013

A 24-hour toy

by Matthew Steeples

A dream toy for any Le Mans fan   The 106-minute long 1971 film Le Mans starring Steve McQueen is rightly considered one of the classic motoring films.   Now, fans can play out their own version of it in their own homes by purchasing a replica fibreglass Porsche 917 that has been converted into … Continue reading “A 24-hour toy”

Bravo the Beeb

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reacts to the BBC quietly dropping the “Sir”   This morning when I turned on Radio 4’s Today programme, as has become customary in the last weeks, the first item on the news was about a man who will forever be associated with abuse and paedophilia, Jimmy Savile.   In recent days, as … Continue reading “Bravo the Beeb”

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